NHS: Capital Investment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Sarah Wollaston Sarah Wollaston Chair, Health and Social Care Committee, Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons), Chair, Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much capital funding has been (a) allocated to and (b) spent by (i) NHS foundation trusts and (ii) NHS trusts per capita in each of the last five years.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

National Health Service capital expenditure by NHS providers is funded in large part through their ability to generate income via trading activity with Commissioners. This internally generated financing is supplemented by Departmental financing in the form of repayable capital loans and Public Dividend Capital (PDC) for specific strategic initiatives, for example sustainability and transformation partnerships funding; for investment to address pressures on urgent and emergency care over the winter period or for investment in strategic technology fields.

Details of these investments can be found in the annual report ‘Financial Assistance under Section 40 of the National Health Service Act 2006’, which is published alongside the Department’s Annual Report. This can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dhsc-annual-report-and-accounts-2018-to-2019

The following table provides detail of the outturn Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit (CDEL) for foundation trusts and NHS trusts over the past five years.

It is not possible to provide this information ‘per capita’ as there is no fixed population or geographical boundary for any given hospital trust.

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Foundation Trust CDEL Outturn Expenditure (£,000s)

1,925,555

1,795,693

1,815,837

2,061,023

2,380,091

NHS Trust CDEL Outturn Expenditure (£,000s)

1,381,276

1,146,203

1,049,501

1,002,017

1,551,799

Total NHS Provider CDEL Outturn Expenditure (£,000s)

3,306,831

2,941,896

2,865,338

3,063,040

3,931,890

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